Heat & humidity build for the 4th of July week.

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The summer pattern of heat, humidity, and scattered afternoon showers continues during the holiday week.

After a hot and humid weekend a front passed through the region and is now continuing to move south allowing high pressure to take over to start the new, shortened, work week. Temps will be a few degrees cooler today and it will be a touch less humid but still quite warm and muggy across the region. After today though the high pressure will begin to move off-shore and then park there.  With the high sitting off to our east throughout the week we will tap into plenty of Gulf moisture and southern heat.  With the heat and humidity on the rose again we will see a repeat of the summer weather pattern we had last week hot temps, high humidity, and the daily chance for some isolated to scattered showers or t’storms. High temps will be in the low to mid 90s east of the Blue Ridge and the mid and upper 80s in the NRV and Highlands all the way through 4th of July weekend. Overnight lows will only fall into the 60s to low 70s through that time period as well which is a little above normal for this time of year.

4th of July week is a hard one for many of our furry friends with so many fireworks going off at all hours of the day. Many, many pets go missing during the week of the 4th of July due to being scared by the fireworks so be sure that every time you take your pet outside this week you have their collar and tags on just in case they bolt on you. If you do not have a fenced in yard you’ll want to be sure to keep their leash on and a goof grip on their leash again, just in case they try to bolt on you.

It’s also that time of year that I need to remind folks to please, NEVER leave your kids or pets in the car. The interior of your car will heat up extremely quickly and reach dangerous, if not deadly, levels in a very short period of time. If you want to take the dog for a car ride than make it a dedicated ride for them, don’t stop for groceries or to pick something up. It only takes a few minutes for the temperature in your vehicle to reach those dangerous levels. If you have a small child be sure you double check the back seat when you get out.     

Meteorologist Jason Caterina

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